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Brilliant Pictures, Nice Overview, a Little Off regarding Information
on November 11, 2011
DK Eyewitness Travel guidebooks are awesome for one simple reason: they show you the attractions they are talking about. It makes it easier to decide whether or not you want to spend the time and effort to see something. This book (the 2010 edition of the book, ISBN: 978-0-7566-6089-5) is no different. The pictures are awesome, including my favorites, the 3-D cutaways. The book is something you can look at over and over even if you're not planning a trip to Moscow.
This particular edition left me somewhat disappointed, though. The problem is that even though it was published in 2010, a lot of the information is out of date. Some of the attractions have incorrect information (one example: the Church of the Resurrection in Kadashi is listed as being closed to public, but it is open). The drawn maps showing routes around areas are also not totally accurate. It was frustrating to buy a new edition only to find that some of the information has not been updated. I have also found that while the guidebook lists URLs for some of the attractions, many more of them have web sites. There are also a few attractions, like the Gulag History Museum and the WWII bunkers, that are not listed and probably should be. The other things that is somewhat lacking is information on the Golden Ring cities. That sections is very short, but since it is close to Moscow, and very visitable, especially if you're in Moscow for a week or more, it would be nice if there were more details.
Finally, the book is lacking in what I would call "tips and tricks." It would be a huge help if it was listed when the best times to visit (the times when you're most likely to actually get in some of the more popular attractions). Some price information would be nice, too, although I realize it is quite fluid.
It is still a quality book and serves as a great help when planning what to see and do in Moscow, and I would still probably recommend it, but doesn't seem to be quite up to the standard of other DK Eyewitness guidebooks.